George Brecht - Three VOID-Stones
  Year :   1987
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Outdoor Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Skulptur.Projekte in Münster

  Work Details  
  1. The word >VOID< is chiseled into a boulder already Iying in the park located between the palace moat and Edith-Stein Strasse. 2. The word >VOID< is chiseled into a stone selected at random from the Findlingshof. (The selection is made using a table of random numbers, from 36 photographs of the Findlingshof made by Rudolf Wakonigg.) This stone is then placed at a random point in Münsters inner city. (This point is also selected by using a table of random numbers.) 3. The same process as in 2, except that any point on a certain map of Münster (not limited to the inner city) is chosen at random. George Brecht, April 1987. Words, though, have different values in different languages. Void has been chiselled into a boulder. The younger a language, the more simple its grammar, the more universal its terms. The German language, older than the English and therefore more precise (foreigners say: more complicated, which is also true), makes the distinction between Leere (noun), leer (adjective), and leeren (verb); void encompasses all three forms. The realisation of these forms/meanings is borne by the densest mass which we know in OUT everyday lives (unlese we are natural scientists): a stone. An enormous, although lost stone, all by itself on a green play area, a findling, separated from its original environment by an ice-age glacier stream. The concise, paradoxical reversal abruptly provokes (this is exactly the method of Zen) while lying amongst playing children - a reflection about the cosmic laws of density and void, about gravity and freedom of the mind. Whoever feels sorry because of the chiselling into the findling: an entrepreneur near Münster imports such boulders from all over the world for gravestones ... Text by Georg Jappe from Rundgang / Guide, 1987